The Ark Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

At the heart of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is our commitment to ensuring that all children have access to The Ark and the artistic experiences we offer.

Key to The Ark’s rights-respecting ethos is our focus on the inclusion of all children. It is for this reason that, in alignment with The Ark’s Strategy Statement (2021-2023) we have reviewed and revised our 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Policy to develop this Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

We wish to ensure that all children have access, by whatever means, to visit, participate and enjoy all the artistic experiences we offer and that a diverse range of artists and staff work at The Ark. This revised policy has been developed with the input of The Ark staff, artists, The Ark Children’s Council and The Ark Board. As part of this updated policy The Ark will take a proactive approach to promoting diversity across our programming, as well as finding new ways for artists to engage with diverse audiences.

Aligned to the four pillars of The Ark's Strategy, this policy focuses on delivering our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion goals in the following areas:

1. Excellence: Create brilliant art experiences for children.

2. Engagement: Ensure that more children experience art through The Ark.

3. Sustainability: Build the infrastructure and capabilities that ensure The Ark’s future as a cultural centre and resource for children.

4. Advocacy: Advance children’s right to art and culture.

Below you will find a downloadable link to The Ark Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.